Where have I been you ask? Busy I tell you! The summer is nearly over and we've been trying to squeeze as much fun out of it as we possibly can! Actually, I've started this post a few times with the intention of highlighting our fantastical summer list and then following up with posts as we cross the activities off.Clearly, that hasn't happened. But, I can tell you that our list is more than half way done and it's a good thing too because the summertime fun will come to an end in 16 DAYS! (No, that wasn't excitement you heard in my voice....I'll be very sad to see them head back to school....)
Anywho....backtracking a bit here and we'll get you all up to speed.
(Also, blogger is being a brat! I don't know why but some of my pics are loading up sideways and no matter how many times I try I can't fix them. Grr!)
June took awhile to warm up. There were a lot of rainy days with some sunny days mixed in. We spent the sunny days like this:
We went on a nature walk and collected "all the colors of the rainbow". We found this idea here. I don't think I'll ever forget the wonder and magic in her eyes as she searched for the different colors. I highly recommend this for the child in your life!
Glitter Toes Baby!
We went to the Farmer's Market for the first time. I hadn't been in years and I was amazed at how much there was to see there! So much more than fruits and vegetables! There were arts and crafts and activities for the kids. It made for a great morning!
Every year we enjoy the Summerfest and this year was no exception. The plethora of arts and crafts and music and food is something we always look forward to! The kids had so much fun, we ended up going twice!
Next up, Father's Day! We bought toasted almonds at the Summerfest for Father's Day. Yum!
On our last Girl's Day my friend, Clarissa took these awesome pics of my kids for this Father's Day gift. It turned out so cute!
We've had many a happy campfire in our backyard. The kids are growing up and getting so big I almost think they could start up the fire and roast up hot dogs on their own! Not that we'd let them, but still, they're becoming quite the camp roast pros!
Yum! Hot dogs!
We love smores!
Yep. That's a hot dog smore. He's a strange one but we love him!
And Mojo Jojo
This guy likes to stick his head through the hole in the fence and demand grass!
And how cute are these baby geese? Geeslings, goslings. Whatever, aren't they cute?
Mommy and Daddy went on a date and took Grandma's sweet car! Woo!
My little model was right there but didn't want to be in the picture because her hair was messy. Silly girl! Now, I've seen a lot of beautiful spring mantles and I knew I wanted browns and yellows and blues but I didn't want it too bright. I was trying to go for more of a natural look.
I've seen these book wreaths all over the place and decided to try my hand at making one. Robert says I'm like a Nazi for destroying a book but I maintain that I did not destroy it, I made it in to art! I turned an old boring book into something beautiful. So- ha!
Here are my vases, filled with split peas and white beans. Just the right colors at just the right price!
I made a couple more wreaths. You may have noticed, I have a thing for wreaths these days. But, I only have 2 doors, so I made one for my mom and one for my niece.
My mom loves yo yo's!
I ran out of burlap for this one so instead I cut up some cordorouy pants that are in the "camping quilt" bin. I love the way it turned out!
On to July
Yeah, you can't really tell but these are fireworks! I forgot my camera and just had my phone. It's pictures aren't great. A couple years ago we tried watching the fireworks from a park with soccer fields. It's quite the popular place. There are lots of people and kids playing together so we've gone back. We took our blanket and some popcorn and cuddled up for the show. Lots of fun!
We also went to the Cruise In, which was lots of fun but I forgot my camera and my phone that time so I just have pictures in my memory. It's something we always look forward to.
And I didn't even get a pic of this guy until he finally stopped moving!
I made this sweet wreath out of strips of denim and red, white and blue fabric flowers. It was kind of an experiment but I love the way it turned out!
Patriotic ragamuffin garland!
Our festive fourth of July mantle
Daisey and I followed this tutorial via saltwaterkids. Didn't she do an awesome job? I cut everything out but Daisey sewed them together. She's quite the crafty princess!
Here are the pinwheels we made. We bought the paper at Hobby Lobby. Do you like my red, white and blue vase filler? Cool beans huh? :)
I cut these stars out of fabric and ironed them onto burlap for this speciman art.
I made more decorative balls by covering the wiffle balls with twine and denim.
Paper star garland!
Pom pom garland!
Paper strip garland!
I saw this tutorial and couldn't resist it! We did it backwards. Oops! But, we still had fun! We'll have to try the paint on tin foil technique again sometime.
Robert's friend gave us his old basketball hoop. We've been wanting to get one for a while so we were thrilled! The kids are in heaven and if they didn't live outside before, they definately are now!
I wonder where they get it!
My Prince Charming!
Maggie aka Princess Chocolate Face!
That same week I pinched a nerve in my neck. Owwie!!! I wish I had a great story to tell you about how I did it but really I was just sitting in bed watching tv when out of the blue I started having muscle spasms. It felt like extreme charlie horses rushing through my neck and head. I made it through the night with an ice pack and a lot of Ibprofen.
The next day I went to the chiropractor and after xrays, ultrasound and painful adjustments he told me I'd pinched a nerve that resulted in torticollis. I don't speak dr (or chiropractor, in this case) but basically it means that I'm glad I went to have it checked out because if it goes untreated you can end up with a head that hangs to the side permanently.
I went for adjustments, wore a neck brace and did stretching exercises every day for a week and it helped a lot. Honestly, it still hurts sometimes and has caused some killer headaches but if I keep up with the exercised and the Ibprofen I'm a happy camper.
My kids thought the neck brace was the most hilarious thing they'd ever seen. One morning I was getting after Maggie for getting in to my make up and she started laughing at me and said, "I'm sorry Mom, I just can't take you seriously in that neck brace!" Lovely.
Daisey suggested that I wear a headband with a flower over the neck brace to make it pretty. Oh yeah, what a difference!
At the end of July I had a much needed girl's day with my girls, Brynn and Clarissa. We went to the Olive Garden for lunch, JoAnne's for crafty shopping and then some crafty fun at my house afterward. Brynn had to bow out of the craftiness this time bc she had family in town. We'll forgive her this time!
We found these earrings and decided to make our own. What do you think?
This past weekend we went to the Hogle Zoo! Always a fun time!
My monkeys looking at the monkeys!
We love this sweet elephant family!
Baby Zuri, the elephant. Is she not the cutest thing ever?
How brave are my kid? (Clarissa-look away!They're touching something that starts with an s and ends with a nake!)
Mom? What's wrong with that camel's humps? Hmm...she does look a little lopsided...
What are you lookin at?!
A ride on the carousel was a great way to end the day!
After our trip to the zoo we met up with Alan and Aundra for dinner at Sizzler. Good food, good company, good times!
And, that about sums it up for the summer. It's been a good one! We also had a couple of family reunions, the kids went on a camping trip with Sean and Angie while we painted some rooms in my mom's house (when I saw "we" I really mean Robert, I'm kind of like his side kick!), we've had some fun barbecues and get togethers, we've played, we've swam, we've crafted, we laughed,we've loved, we've lived! :)